Jim Whalen creates ceramic vessels with elegant rounded forms, organic glazes and fluid designs.
“My pots are wheel thrown, burnished and coated with terra sigillata. After bisque firing, patterns and images are created with wax resist. The pots then go through a two stage firing process. Both of these firings produce random chaotic markings on the surface of each pot. The wax resist separates the effects caused by each process into distinct areas giving definition to the patterns without losing the vitality of chaos. These patterns are sometimes mathematical, sometimes emotional, but always drawn from within.” — Jim Whalen
Whalen received his BFA degree from East Carolina University (NC). His work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), City of Mesa (AZ) and Rocky Mount Art Museum (NC). Whalen’s ceramics have been exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern United States including the Lancaster Museum of Art (PA) and Museum of York County (SC).